Date: Thursday 26th December 2019
Competition: BetVictor Isthmian League South Central
Venue: The Harlow Arena
Starters: Montel Joseph, Ricky Tarbard, Jack Roult, Sam Owusu, Kamarl Duncan, Joe Bruce,Johnny Ashman, Abs Seymour (C), Michael Dixon, Eddie Allsopp, Junior Dadson
Substitutes: Steven Sardinha, Daniel Flemming, Max Bradford, Emmanuel Ighorae, Tyrone Kirunda
72' Bradford Ashman
87' Flemming Dadson
Yellow cards: Bruce, Seymour
Red cards: None
TARBARD THUNDERBOLT SEALS THE POINTS
After a gap of 19 days Barking returned with a bang to mark Boxing Day with a win and ensure that they gave away no post Christmas presents.
This was our first senior meeting with Harlow since March 2006 winning a Southern League fixture 2-0, both goals coming from Wayne Vaughan.
On the playing front Jack Roult deputised for the injured Jordan Peart at left back and as Jack Hayes began his suspension following his sending off at Hanwell Town new signing Kamarl Duncan partnered Joe Bruce at the heart of our defence, Duncan achieved national fame in 2015 by scoring a bizarre own goal playing for Thurrock FC in a match affected by 70 mph gusting winds.
Barking were behind on nine minutes when Tayo Oyebola's flying header from close range gave Montel Joseph no chance. However, we were only behind for five minutes as Abs Seymour pounced on a loose ball following Kamarl Duncan's blocked effort to fire home his fourth goal of the season and the status quo was maintained until half time.
After the interval it took us six minutes to edge ahead when Sam Owusu was played in on goal and considering that previously he has never scored a senior goal for Barking Sam clinically took his chance. Our lead only lasted two minutes and Harlow’s equaliser was inevitably scored by former Blue Billy Jones marking his return with a goal and firing home from inside the box for the type of finish we know he is capable of and gave Joseph no chance of stopping it. The points clincher came on 67 minutes when Ricky Tarbard found himself outside of the Harlow area with time and space to unleash a Christmas cracker of his own beating Josh Bexon in the home goal all ends up. Between then and the final whistle it was not plain sailing as Harlow threw everything they could at Barking in an effort to find another equaliser and possibly a winner - but Barking held firm with goal line clearances from man of the match Tarbard and despite at times sailing close to the wind we held on to claim the win and the three points takes us to only one point behind Harlow in eighth place with a game in hand.
Hopefully we can retain our place as leaders of the current form table by beating Hertford Town this coming Saturday afternoon at Mayesbrook Park.
Report source: Terry Gilbert/Barking FC
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Post match interview